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suffered. >> reporter: she was so traumatized she wanted to keep her identity hidden. this woman says she went on a second did wait alan wartsel. it was going well so he acompanied her to her sometime opened the door and then he went straight into the bathroom and then he came out of the bathroom and he skruched me. >> reporter: on "good morning america" carol said she was ready to reveal her identity. >> i didn't expect somebody to be with a criminal background on the service. >> reporter: says after the incident she googled wertzel's name and discovered he'd been convict of several counts of sexual battery. she decided to sue the dating site. >> what we're asking for is that when somebody uses their credit card to pay that they basically run the name through a federal sex offender data bank. >> reporter: has now agreed to run its member's names through such a database, although they caution that members need to take measures to protect themselves. wertzel was arrested and charged but his attorney questions whether a sexual assault even
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took place. >> what actually went on, which is consensual sexual encounter between two consenting adults who went on a second date and went back up to her apartment. >> reporter: marquin says she doesn't want money. she just wants changes. >> i want to come forward and speak for the other jane does and joe blows who have been abused by sexual predators and give them courage to do something for themselves. >> reporter: and markin says so far no one from has reached out to her. she says she's turned to therapy to help her through her trauma. rob, peggy. jury selection begins today in the retrial of former illinois governor, rob blagojevich. a jury last year convicted him on just one count lying to the fbi. now blagojevich faces 20 more corruption charges including bribery and fraud. if convicted he could spend ten years or more behind bars. >> all right. and president obama's on the road today in northern california, where he has a townhall meeting at the facebook headquarters. >> the president is trying to sell his version of debt
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reduction to a very skeptical american public. karen travers is joining us now from washington with more. hi, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. as lawmakers battle over how to handle the deficit, americans' frustrations about the economy are growing. now nearly half say the economy is getting worse. >> reporter: president obama put on his salesman's hat trying to push his plan for reducing the nation's staggering deficit. >> if we keep on spending more than we take in, it's going to cause serious damage to our economy. >> reporter: with gas and food prices continuing to rise, americans are placing their frustrations squarely on the white house. a new abc news/"washington post" poll a whopping 57% of americans disapprove of the president's handling of the economy. and in another bad economic sign from the obama administration. standard & poor's, a major credit rating agency, downgraded its long-term outlook for the nation's fiscal health from stabile to negative. >> it's uncertain to us whether
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the congress and the administration are now trying to do can come up with an agreement that will mauk a big dent in that onthe line debt trajectory. >> reporter: treasury secretary timothy geithner says he does not need to reassure overseas' buyers. >> there's a lot of confidence in the capacity of this economy to grow, to make sure that we can meet our commitments or obligations. >> reporter: but a house democratic insider told abc news that this just throws gasoline on the bitter debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling. if congress doesn't take action by mid-may, the united states potentially could default on its debts. there is something positive that president obama can take from this latest polling. americans aren't sure that anybody can do a better job. the president leaves all of his potential 2012 republican challenges rob and peggy. >> and the president faces a tough sell as he pushes his plan to reduce the national debt. according to an abc news poll just released, only 39% of americans approve of the way he's handling the deficit.
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republicans, though, fared worse. they got only 33% on the same issue. most americans, 72% now approved raising taxes on the wealthy as a way doubt the deficit. but most rejected a voucher plan for medicare and cuts to medicaid. well, how about this, children and pets in a small illinois community are being kept indoors because of something dangerous that's on the prowl. a large snake is on the loose in that area. and they say it could be a bow constrictor or a python. don't worry it's just a boa or a python or something more common on to that area perhaps a smaller snake. is preying on their pets and one rumor says it even killed a large dog and although snake experts say that's unlikely. just a boa. >> just a boa. >> python. >> a garden snake. weather is holding up in the parts of the upper midwest. wisconsin saw nine inches of snow. let it go, mother nature. the estates of lacrosse, milwaukee and madison set daily records yesterday and even more snow, that's right, snow in late
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april all on the way today. commuters struggled on the icy roads as you can imagine and one driver skidded off of the highway into the water. it is not natural for there to be snow in late april. >> yeah. >> i don't get it, how people do it? >> that is tough. some folks are used to it and it doesn't seem end to. take a look at your weather. >> 70-mile-an-hour winds, golf ball sized hail and isolated tornados from texas to atlanta and even up into philly. drenching rain here in new york and in new england. light snow in the northern rockies. showers from oregon into northern california. >> 66 in sacramento. in colorado springs. dallas gets up to 73. kansas city 57 and minneapolis 48. let's talk about some warm places, a mild 72 in new york. 82 if atlanta and a wet 86 in miami. with just nine days to go, thank you, the world is getting a glimpse of another precursor to the royal wedding. >> i am personally excitinged. the a.c.o.r.n. is used as a symbol of strength. the design features three of
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them representing kate middleton and her two siblings. >> the code of arm signify it's ii can tell that you are excited. the covered arms the growing status of the middleton family and it will appear on the official souvenir program for the wedding. >> now i can't be the only one who noid it used to be kate middleton with a k usually but now they cath her catharin. with a c. it's all very important. >> it's coming up. >> we're right back with more of "world news now" right after the break. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company,
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in in that accident and explosion and by the time that the oil well was finally capped at the bottom of the gulf 206 mlg millions of gallon had escaped. >> do you remember that feed of seeing the oil just being pumped into the ocean, it was very tough and it just went on and on and on. >> every day and that was the amount of oil that spilled was actually 19 times more than was involved in the exxon valdez spill and the response to all of that oil was the largest armada of vessels assembled since d-day. >> and it's easy to forget about the men and women who worked on the ships but plernt suffering from some health problems. matt gutman reports now from the coast. >> reporter: fumes, smoke to save their precious gulf waters from the biggest oil spill in u.s. history. one year later they want you to know they're sick, trapped in once strong bodies, now turned frail. >> cough, always coughing. this wake of the middle night cough.
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>> when you look at him he's never smoked a day in his life. >> pneumonia four times. i ain't ever had no kind of problems. prior. >> four bouts of bronxual pneumonia. >> four times. >> reporter: two weeks ago a study analyzed the health effects of cleanup workers from the world's eight biggest oil spills. in one group of thousands of fishermen cleanup crus twice as likely to have breathing problems than noncleanup workers, so what is it in oil that can make you sick if you breathe in too much of it? it turns out over 200 chemicals in oil. some more dangerous than others. some in the form of particulate matter, tiny particles that can get into the lungs and cause serious breathing problems. dr. mike harp is an oncologist who cease gulf patients at his clinic. >> think there is a fairly high likelihood that we'll see some increase in some cancers in some of the populations to the exposures to the chemicals. >> reporter: but most worry to these fishermen.
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>> anybody here suffering memory loss? all suffered memory loss? the memory loss which has been associated with exposure to chemicals in oil like to oulean and zeileean, it happened to levi. soon after getting sick he dialed the number of a man he thought he ought to know. >> i said, who's this? he said matt dickinson. >> reporter: confused he hung up, called his wife who thought he was joking. i said no, i am serious, who is matt dickinson and he said well he's our pastor and i should know who matt dickinson is because i'm a deacon in my church. >> reporter: alarming symptoms despite month of reassurances from the government and bp that work were safe. so we wondered, what was being done? how did the government know whether the air was safe? arch sifting through hundreds of passengers of government data we found that no government agency tested the air of the workers that they were breathing until a month after the spill and most worrying they never tested for tiny particles of oil which become airborne. you were given respirators or anything. >> no.
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>> no. >> we were told that we did not need respirators. >> reporter: no respirators to prevent them from breathing toxic air? to the lead agents involved in the cleanup efforts. our first stop was the epa, who told us to go to the agency in charge of workplace safety, which declined an interview. so we went to the man who was the face of the oil spill response and the only one to acknowledge that maybe something better could have been done for these workers. were this to happen again, would you admiral allen have employed these vessels of opportunity? >> i think i'd be very jude nishs employing vessels an opportunity in the future. you think i think they can be used effectively but understand the environment that the they're operating in, the impact on the people and on the boat. >> reporter: and finally went to bp's top men in the gulf who despite hundreds of workers reporting the same symptoms refuses to say whether anyone got sick. do you think that anybody got sick? >> i can't answer that question. >> reporter: who is ultimately responsible sfaefrts of these workers? >> all us who were involved in directing this. >> reporter: who should they
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turn to? maybe you can tell me. >> medical professionals. >> cold comfort for these fishermen. >> what would i like the outcome to be is for -- first to be told the truth and then we can move on, seek whatever we have to do to try to get better, move on with our lives. >> reporter: we spent weeks working on this story, but one the most remarkable things was that group interview. we found all these tough, griselled old cagent and neighbors with some the other people in this group and suddenly they realized they're all suffering the same symptoms and that realization that they're in this together seem to give them a bit of relief. matt gutman, abc news, empire louisiana. >> they're obviously going to be a lot of coverage of the one-year anniversary and i was in new orleans. a year ago today. and the headlines in the local media headlines in the gulf coast are still talking about oil found along the marshlands, cleechkt line there so still a long way to go and of the $20 billion in that claims from the bp setup only $4 billion has been handed out. far from over.
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>> that's mind-boggling when you think about that figure. and also 48,000 people were there at the height of the cleanup, only 2,000 people there now but as you were saying a lot of folks say they need some help and cleanup issues there. they're ongoing into. and livelihoods depend on that water. so good luck to all of the folks and right back with more right after this.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. >> time now for your papers. we still have all of the things, i'm saying good-bye to here before i start the 17-day diet. you are enjoying the microwave pizza. that's not my thing. i do the homemade pizza. this is representative. give it up. get to these stories because they're very good. talk about abstinence underwear, if you're a mom and kids at home especially daughters that you do not want even you know kissing a boy, well there is for you. it's called the abstinence underwear campaign and on the underwear, there are things that say something like, what would your mother do, says one. one says zip it right to on the underwear. and some shorts say, not tonight, not ever. so some interesting thing here that some moms came up with and said -- >> all it is is words?
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>> it's just words. not like you can't get off or anything like that but it's just words. >> well phrased. >> yes. >> all right -- >> on that note -- >> on that note, you picked this story just for me and i appreciate that peggy. hours left, enjoy it. new beers out there. it is beer, a special kind of beer though if you drink three of them, they say, it is -- the equivalent of taking a viagra, so you're getting your alcohol -- yes there it is, and your sexual motivation. >> so it's like two birds with one stone? that that's right, it's being created actually in light of the royal wedding that's coming up into next week constains some aphrodisiac but three of them is equivalent to taking that little blue pill. >> you know when you walk into a store and those greetners front and they're like, hello, how are you, the greeter? >> yeah. >> apparently this store in -- >> it's annoying. >> it's annoying, isn't it? in a home depot in iowa. the dog was also annoyed, jumped on the greeter's face and bit his nose. we're just saying, good story.
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>> you are serious. >> i wanted to bring that up because we can't stand those greeters. they are lib, can i help you? you're like i know how to shop. >> take the receipt and highlight thing on the receipt. really, that's going to stop things. come on some of them are really old. the grandma, you do your thing. this also i like this story here. apparently president obama kind of lost his cool with a reporter, didn't feel like the reporter gave him enough space to completely answer the questions being asked it. take a listen. >> the next time we do the interview, all right. >> the president kind of cool and stern there with the reporter. >> didn't like to. you have got five minutes to ask the questions and you want to get the questions in. >> and the politician goes on and on and on but if you missed it in the video, obama said let me finish my answer the next time that we do an interview, all right and kind of said it like, hey, you know, so clearly the president was not pleased. you rarely see the president lose his cool like that but i think that he's probably done 8 billion interviews with everything going on. >> that poor reporter was probably like, sorry mr.
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this morning on "world news now," close call. houtlatest air traffic control problem involved michelle obama and jill biden's plane. >> how did their government jet come dangerously close a military cargo plane? it's wednesday, april 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. we'll explain the risk in this time close call involving some very high-profile passengers. it's the latest scare of course as the faa puts the air traffic control system under the microscope. >> and also this, the texas grandmother confronting fears of crime by hietding a gun in her walker.
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>> whoa. >> we'll see her warning signs and tell you why she's pack so much heat. look out? >> don't mess with grandma. no, back off. and later in this half hour, members of the black eyed peas share their success with students who are facing some deep budget cuts at school. some musicians giving back, kind of cool. >> yeah, many schools don't have band anymore, anything. lost there in the budget. but first there are new questions now about aviation safety after yet another embarrassing incident involving the faa. >> it doesn't stop. it keeps going and going. as we said this latest incident involves some very high-profile passengers. karen travers is in washington now with the very latest. good morning to you, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. the white house is downplaying this incident but it will certainly raise more questions about safety in the skies. first lady michelle obama of was flying home from new york on monday. she had just appeared on abc's "the view" with the vice president's wife jill. also approaching andrews air force base just outside of washington, a massive c-17 military cargo plane.
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air traffic controllers in the washington area were handling the flights and they allowed the planes to get too close. the required distance is five miles. the two planes were just three miles apart. >> if an airplane is too close behind another airplane, these small tornados that come off the airplane in front can actually upset the airplane flying behind and cause the airplane flying behind to lose control. >> reporter: when faa controllers at andrews realized how close these two planes were, they asked the first lady's pilot to execute a series of s-turns. in order to slow down and build more distance between the planes. the cargo plane landed. the controllers reportedly were still concerned that it would not clear the runway fast enough in order for the first lady's zwroet land. mrs. obama's plane was ordered to circle the airport once before it landed safely. the faa said in the statement that the two planes were never in any danger. still this incident is the most high pronile a series of recent mistakes by air traffic controllers. earlier this week a controller
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in cleveland was suspended. he was caught watch a movie on the job. since the beginning of the year, as many as seven controllers were found to be asleep while on duty. a government source said no emergency was declared at andrews and that passengers on the first lady's plane didn't even realize that something out of ordinary was happening. rob and peggy. >> all right, thank you. well it does appear that the color-coded terrorism warning system is now going to fade to black. the homeland security secretary's expected to announce today that the yellow, orange, red system is being replaced with a simpler system. the department will also begin to use social media including facebook and twitter to announce alert. in other news this morning the army private at the center of that wikileaks controversy is now being moved to a new prin. bradley manning had been held to the marine corps base in quantico, virginia and now held at ft. levin worth kansas. denights criticism overmanning
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manning's treatment at quantico prompted the change. a few terrifying moment after a gun carried by a kindergartner went off in a houston school lunch room. three students including the one who had the gun were slightly hurt when it fired accidentally. upset parents rush to the school and allowed to take their children home for the day. >> it's because he had a gun and itle from his pocket and he tried to get it and then actually hef he shoot the girl. >> you see the kids the school you are thinking that they'll be safe, thinking like something like this doesn't many it's terrible. >> police are now trying to figure out how the little boy got the gun in the first place. and also how he managed to get it inside of the school undetected. >> here is your watercooler story of the day. there will be no doubt about how a texas grandmother got a gun. her family gave it to her. after a break-in and also issued a very stern and public warning to would-be burg larc. morgan thomas has the story that you might call, granny get your gun.
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>> i say oh i'm so embarrassed. and he said don't embarrassed but we're going to put one up. let those people know not to come back. >> reporter: that's the conversation between 71-year-old claudia and her son steve that led to this sign being displayed on the front lawn. last wednesday night unwanted visitors tried to break into their hudson home that sits on busy highway 94. >> i never saw who it was at all. they kicked the door in, the dead bolt went out on the porch and the other part come into the house and the door was wide open 'if the dogs hadn't been barking they would probably kill me i don't know. >> reporter: but they didn't come in. she had to buy a new door and lock. but that didn't satisfy herpson who was away on business that night. >> got a call from my daughters the next morning and i just -- i reacted with panic and anger. >> reporter: the solution he came up with is this -- claudia's son says the sign isn't just a threat but a promise to any would-be burglars
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of his family's home. in fact the home is packed with firepower. >> she's got i sawed o off .12-gauge. she's got three pistols. a .380 payne big old .380 zoo steve says claudia keeps a pistol ready in her walker at all times. claudia says the sign is already catching the attention of her friends and neighbors. >> oh, everybody's called and even called him and they're all laughing about it, think it's pretty cool zoo for abc news morgan thomas. >> the watercooler story of the day that's for sure. >> yes indeed. and now the reward for information in the case of the missing nursing student in tennessee. now totals $80,000. 20-year-old holly bobo disapeared a week ago. the search is focusing on five roads leading in and out of her neighborhood. her brother told police that he saw her being led into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage. we turn now to important medical news this morning. are there mixed messages right now about the benefits of
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calcium pills and of course many older women depend on those supplements to strengthen their bones. new research shows for some women it maybe doing more harm than good. deborah roberts explains. >> millions of us facility popular advice, as we age take in extra calcium to ward off brittled bones but now a new warning may shake up the $27 billion vitamin industry. found calcium supplements have increased heart attacks by more than 20% in postmenopausal women. researchers suspect the extra calcium may rapidly elevate blood calcium levels could which contribute to artery disease. too much calcium can lead to kidney stones and many of us are confused. some nutritionists say there's a clear explanation. >> when it comes to taking calcium one dose doesn't fit all. it really depends on your age and your diet.
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>> reporter: yes, doctors routinely prescribe extra calcium to women over 50 to make up for bone loss due to declining estrogen rates. they need about 1,200 milligrams a day. roughly three glasses of milk. if a woman has a history heart disease should she come off of supplements. >> no, i don't think so. you balance the benefits and the risk because if your bone density is really low you slip and fall get a hip fracture that could be life threatening. >> reporter: the best advice experts say is when if comes to supplements don't go it at alone. check with your doctor about how much is enough for you. deborah roberts, abc news, new york. >> an oregon surgeon is facing a possible malpractice suit after operating on the wrong eye. the patient is 4-year-old jesse matlock and has what is called a wandering eye, his right eye, but his parents say the doctor operated first on his left eye and then realized her mistake and did the right onep his mother now says she thinks that his left eye is wandering and they are considering legal
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action. in fact surgeon in this case said she marked the right eye but then got sort of turned around and accidentally operated on the wrong one. >> a lawsuit there. most men do suffer from a wandering eye. >> hopefully not. >> i hope not. >> gees. severe storms from west texas all the way to philadelphia. hail, high winds and a chance of tornados. philadelphia, d.c., charlotte, atlanta and birmingham, some heavy rain across new york and new england. more snow in the upper midwest and the rockies. >> you're saying that because my husband is out of town, right? >> no he's a good boy. >> a hot 91 in phoenix. mostly 40s from fargo to chicago and 72 in new york. 82 in atlanta and 86 in miami. >> well we're not sure if it's a bouncing baby boy or girl but it's now engaging the public in a game of peekaboo. >> so cute take a look at this. a baby wala ru about that's just fun to say a walawoo at the
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oakland zoo. was actually born about the size of a kidney bean back in august but they generally develop in their mother's pouch for about ten months. that's a long time. >> a long time, poor mama. a walroo is across from a wallaby and a kangaroo and venture all the way out of that pouch went next few months. >> yeah time to least pouch. >> grow up, kid. give mama a break, right? >> get your own place. we'll be right back.
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welcome back, everybody. it is less than a week until the 25th anniversary of the chernobyl nuclear disaster. the area around that reactor, get this, is still considered the most contaminated on earth. >> pretty tough to hear especially with everything going on in japan but now that the ukrainian government asking for money to build a new concrete shelter around the reactor. the bbc's reporter gives us look.
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>> reporter: up close and still dangerous. chernobyl's reactor fallp. scene of the total meltdown 25 years ago. it remains the world's worst nuclear accident. dozens of people were killed. many more got cancer. unlike in japan, huge quantities of radioactive debris were blown out through the roof. a quarter of a century on, we were given extremely rare access into the containna natnat natn m contaminated reactor block. the radiation that we absorbed was carefully monitored. the passage of time means levels are much lower now except deep inside the concrete entomb reactor. and this is the control room. reactor 4. the place where the men who were running it that day were working. and for a while they knew that something was going wrong but they didn't realize that there had been a massive explosion in the main hall just 50 meters away and the whole reactor was
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in meltdown. unit 4 is an eerie place and radioactive debris is still not properly contained it remanc a wider threat to the wider world. >> it look,s better from the outside than the inside in if you're able to go into the central hall today and look out you would find fa there are holes the size of picture windows. >> reporter: the international community has now raised another half a billion pounds to finish the new cover for the reactor. this will finally make chernobyl safe for a hundred years containing any radiation if the reactor building collapses. the city from which 50,000 people fled in an afternoon is still contaminated and aband kbrornd andrew had lived here and had been due to operate reactor 4 that day but his shift changed. >> when i see the kindergarten
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where my children stayed, when i see the buildings for my friends used to live, some of them are no longer with us so this is emotional, this is sad. >> reporter: there is no sign of the 20-mile exclusion zone around the reactor being lifted. a reminder that when a nuclear power goes wrong, it can go very badly wrong. daniel sanford, bbc news, chernsneebl it's very well put. a lot of people say it's justice a ghost town there and obviously so eerie as you just saw, well the ukraine's president had a press conference yesterday asking for financial help to help clean up chernobyl but only raised half of the $1 billion goal and of course with japan going on and the economy it's pretty tough it is. >> that's scary point how long the contamination can last. so what does that bode for japan? we'll see, fingers crossed. coming up, feeling full
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well, just in time for swimsuit season, we have details this morning about the current it diet. it's already got people across europe raving about it. >> all sorts of diets going on. kate middleton jumped into the diet apparently before her big day so what is this diet all about. here is juju chang. >> reporter: the zooit so promising that it is fit for a queen or maybe soon to be princess. she had to have her ring sized. tabloid speculate kate's been shrinking on a diet not from prewedding jiters. her mother carol told a reporter she herself had lost weight on the diet. something now that the palace
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deni denies. >> five sizes. i've lost five dress sizes and it just eye feel great that i can walk into a room now and go this is me. look at me but before i would have hidden in the corner. >> reporter: royalty is raving too. dr. dukan says pinelpy cruz lost her baby weight with the diet but creator of the hottest zooit a mild-mannered fresh doctor who says it's not a fad diet. so this is not a quick-fix diet. >> no, no. it's quick to lose weight but it's very -- that's yes, that's yes, that's yes. >> reporter: consolidate that's key. phase one, the attack phase starts with an encouragely speedy weight loss with nothing but lean protein and his special ingredient, oat bran. called from the husks. >> sbran very important. >> it makes you feel full. >> full and sneefd it helps
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flush out calories. >> yes. >> and also helps out the plumbing. >> yes. >> phase two is the cruise phase. phase three the consolidation. it's most critical. on one serve of fruit and two sliced bread a day. it's about keep the weight off. the final phase called stabilization lasts the rest of your life. you can eat whatever you want as long as you return to eating pure protein for one day a week, it already has one avid american follower. >> we go through pounds and pounds of chicken per week. >> reporter: marshall brain says he's been struggling to lose weight for ten years and nothing seemed to work until he tried the dukan diet. >> i lost 50 pounds in about six months on the dukan diet. >> huh. maybe i'm doing the wrong diet. >> the dukan diet. >> yes that sounds like a good diet. protein. lots of vegetables.
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♪ finally this half hour, one of music's biggest acts giving back. the act is the black eyed peas. >> the peas, through its foundation, the group is trying to make up for drastic cuts in new york city's school budgets and also they're giving beth musicians a chance. art mcfarland reports. >> reporter: the black eyed peas need no introduction, but stars of their group felt the need to introduce their commitment to education. >> it was in our heart and our
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soul to do this type of work. our manager didn't telldous it. we want to do this. >> reporter: for what they call their peafoundation. unveiled a new york city version of a facility to promote music and multimedia skills for urban teenagers. >> we are here to be that support that i have for my mother. i want to be that support for whatever dreams you have and give you the strength to say look you cana, achief anything that you want to achieve. >> reporter: already three california locations of what's being called youth voice academies. they are a partnership between the black eyed peas and adobe foundations. some 150 students per year in new york will have access to music studios, software, and other multimedia tools to create their own projects. >> this program allows me to have a voice and media.
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>> reporter: the new york version of the academy will be run by the urban arts partnership which has a track record of exposing inner-city youngsters to the arts. we're told this academy will do that and much more. >> there will be autistic programs. there will be academic support and there will also be mentoring. >> reporter: its sponsor say the academy will provide cutting edge technologies for art, dance, music and video production. >> it's exciting when i heard about it. and it's a great opportunities. the best thing ever. >> reporter: the academy is scheduled to open in july. >> i lot of peas. very cool. i had no idea that'll i am is a mentor on "american idol" this season. doing all soets of you. >> and fergie, too, she's reaching out because she's had a little bit of a tough past there. >> right, not have a and she wants to help kids especially if they're interested in music with so many promise being cut so dool see them. >> it's always good. oh, yes. >> please. if i have fergie's legs i will take those any day.
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>> breaking it down. tonight is going to be a good night. >> with the blazer. >> where
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this morning on "world news now," air scare. a close call in the skies involving some very important passengers. >> the latest embarrassing mistake while flying involves a jet from the white house fleet. it's wednesday, april 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. when an air traffic control problem involves a plane carrying michelle obama and jill biden, you can expect a thorough investigation. what put their jet in danger and why? >> it's scary. >> and it took place after had visit here on abc's "the view" and we'll fill you in on what went down.
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>> and also in this half hour, one year exactly after the gulf oil disaster pollution is still, still washing up onshore. we'll take you to one beach where tar balls are being picked up very carefully. hardly to believe it's been a year and still seeing oil on the marshlands and on the shore. >> yeah lots of aftereffects that's for sure and also we do have dramatic video came in from central illinois, where tornados threaten a wide area of the midwest so the spring weather that's really kind of harassing the midwest continues. >> brutal spring so far, but first this half hour the latest investigation into an air traffic controller's error, and this time it involves the plane of the first lady. >> it's just the latest in a series of embarrassments for the faa. karen travers is joining us now from washington with the details. good morning, karen. >> good morning, rob and peggy. the white house is downplaying this incident but it will certainly raise more questions about safety in the skies. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama was flying home from new york where she appeared on abc's
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"the view" with the vice president's wife jill. also approaching andrews air force base just outside washington, a massive c-17 military cargo plane. air traffic controllers who were handling the flight's allowed the planes to get too close. the required distance is five miles. the plane's were just three miles apart. >> if an airplane is too close behind another airplane, these small tornados that come off of the airplane in front can actually upset the airplane flying behind and cause the airplane flying behind to lose control. >> reporter: when faa controllers at andrews realized the planes were too close, they asked the first lady's pilot to execute a series of s-turns in order to slow down and build more distance between them. >> 6,000. >> reporter: the cargo plane landed but controllers reportedly were still concerned that it would not clear the runway fast enough for the first lady's jet to land, so mrs. obama's plane was ordered to circle the airport before it landed safely. the faa said the two planes were
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never in any danger. still, this is the most high profile in a series of receipt mistakes by air traffic controllers. earlier this week a controller in cleveland was suspended after he was caught watching a movie on the job. since the beginning of the year as many as seven controllers were found to be asleep while on duty. a government source said no emergency was declared at andrews and that passengers on the first lady's plane didn't even realize that something out of the ordinary was happening. rob and peggy. >> all right, thank you. well, president obama's on the road in california today to push his plan to reduce federal red ink. mr. obama's facing a tough sell according to the latest abc news poll. only 39% of americans approve of the way he's handling the deficit. republicans fared even worse, they got only 33% on that same issue. most americans 72% approved of raising taxes on the wealthy as a way to cut the deficit. but most rejected a voucher plan for medicare and cuts to medicaid. and really the top story on this wednesday morning, it has been exactly one year since a bp
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oil well blew out in the gulf of mexico. killing 11 workers and of course creating the biggest oil spill in this country's history. oil continued spewing into the gulf but three months before the company could finally stop it. although tourism on the gulf coast is returning to normal this spring. the cleanup continues even now. jamie lee of abc affiliate w.e.a.r. reports. >> reporter: exposed oil continues to appear on the beaches of ft.ccray and ft. pickens because cleanup crews can only use hand tools to remove tar balls to eliminate wildlife disturbances. but with the changing winds, storms and potentially hurricanes, oil beneath the sand surface will continue to be exposed. >> i got a feeling that if we get us some big storm, something like that, and we start seeing what these beaches look like afterwards we may be digging up oil all over the place. >> reporter: officials from the national park service say digging on these beaches could potentially harm wildlife, sparking debate from reps with citizens for a clear coast who say by not digging it's causing harm to swimmers or other people who use these intercoastal
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areas. it's been a year since the spill and local residents continue to fear the unknown of what may still be out in the ocean. >> reporter: we're finding shells every day with the oil all over them. so you know, those are coming up from the floor of the ocean or the gulf, and of course we're concerned. >> i am worried about oil being out in the gulf. i'm convinced there is still more oil out the in the bull of. >> reporter: and just the first day, crews have been out here working. you can see they picked up plenty of tar balls from the shore. they think it's going to be another two days until they get area completely cleaned up. jamie lee reporting for abc news. >> for the first time in five years emily fennel has two hands. the 26-year-old mother showed off her new transplant at the ucla medical center in los angeles yesterday. fennel becomes the 13th person in the u.s. to successfully undergo hand transplant surgery. the california woman says that she is looking forward to simple things like catching a ball, putting her hair a ponytail and typing faster.
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in other medical news this morning there is a new definition for what it means to have alzheimer's. it's the first time in almost 30 years that there's been an update to the disease guidelines. our dr. richard besser has more on what it could mean to millions who are now suffering. >> reporter: every 69 seconds, another person develops alzheimer's. it's a terrifying mystery. >> i guess my wife and children would like to know whether if i have alzheimer's. >> reporter: it's only leading disease that has no cure, no treatment, no known way to slow its progression. so you could be at risk? >> if there's genetic predisposition for alzheimer's, i have the gene. >> reporter: doctors are hoping that new guidelines will help them intervene faster. earlier and in that will make all the difference in this race to keep the brain strong. >> patients who are noticing some forgetfulness on either in themselves or perhaps in family members might bring this to the attention of the personal physician. >> reporter: for the first time using these new guidelines doctors can diagnose mild cognitive impairment which is
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forgetfulness beyond normal aging and then can get those patients into clinical trials. without intervention, 80% of these patients will develop alzheimer's within seven years as their brains begin to change. laid wen junk proteins that form plaque and tangles. is it good to know? >> yes, it is. i would be able to help myself and those family members who might eventually end up being caregivers. >> reporter: for a personal like valerie smith, early detection means early intervention. she enrolled in a trial at howard university to see if exercise could slow her memory loss. do you think it's doing anything? >> oh, yes. my energy level has increased. my lung and short-term memory have improved. i'm just energized all over. >> reporter: you know it would be great see what it does in terms of your memory. but it will definitely do wonderful thing in terms of your heart. >> yes, thank you. yes. >> reporter: these guidelines are good news. if you're concerned about memory
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loss, see your doctor because there's tests that we can do to see if you have mild cognitive impairment and if you have it, we can help you look for treatment trials. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. a virginia mother is being hailed as a hero for her quick thinking during a tornado. very little is left of the math use' home after is the's twister as her entire house was picked up and flipped over, christine math use pushed her kids into a bathtub and shield them with her body. the kids are now fine. christ seen in the hospital where doctors say she may have a broken back. parts of the midwest are recovering from a violent batch of storms. there were nearly 30 reports of tornados including this massive funnel cloud caught on camera in litchfield, illinois. the winds damaged several homes, toppled power lines and left thousands of people without electricity. luckily, though, there were no reports of any serious injuries. >> oh, boy, and they continue. we want to update you your wednesday weather. civ severe storms threaten a large area from texas to atlanta and up into philadelphia.
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heavy downpours from new york to port lan and in maine. showers from orlando to miami. light snow in the rockies and upper midwest. showers from northern california up to portland. >> a dry 56 in seattle. 66 in sacramento. and 78 in albuquerque. mostly 50s from kansas city to detroit. 51 in boston and 80s from atlanta over to the big easy. well, like most 1-year-olds, he needs to be changed, fed and cuddled but this one is giving back in a big way. >> that's right we're talking about irwin, the kangaroo, he's been disabled since his neck was broken in an accident at an annual sanctuary just a few months ago. christie carr took irwin in and makes sure that he gets his daily therapy, after recovering from a series of personal problems she says that irwin is doing even more for her. >> carr is waiting to see if the city council allows her to keep irwin as a therapy pet. i hope they do. look at that. >> that looks like a good therapy pet. his little diapers on. i didn't know that could get
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diapers that big. >> animals are good for your health. they say they lower blood pressure, things of that nature. >> i can vouch for that. a very dedicated caretaker. and a worthy cause. we like irwin. handsome guy. we'll be right back, everyone. more "world news now" right after this.
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all right and now this
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morning's installment of our "made in america" series, it's all about our children's toys. >> and in an overwhelming number of them are made of course overseas but not all of them. as sharyn alfonsi discovered. >> reporter: china. it all started in my living room. mexico. at my son's toy box. china. china. not a single toy made in america. china. the next morning that toy box empty. wyatt was left to play with pots and pans and daddy's nose. it turns out 90% of all children's toys sold here are imported from china. mr. potato head, china. etch-a-sketch, china. even g.i. joe the american hero is made in china. but then we heard from viewers from workers at channel craft toys writing "we still make toys
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in america!" so we went on a little road trip. charleroi, pennsylvania, just outside of pittsburgh. hoping to refill that toy box. charleroi was once a thriving steel mill town. crippled when the mills shuttered in the '70s. >> all of my uncles, all of my cousins they all worked in the steel mill. >> the steel mill was the town pretty much so when the steel mill left there was nothing left. >> reporter: it was about that time dean helford started selling his homemade toys in the back of this van. there's a tree growing out of the steering wheel. >> yeah this is pretty sad. this was my first shop. i was in college and i could build boomerangs and demonstrate them. >> reporter: today the business has grown to this. a 32,000-square-foot plant turning out more than a hundred kinds of toys. >> the captain's puzzles, the pioneer puzzles. >> reporter: the yo-yo, the jacks, the marbles, the skip rope and a hard road throwing top. you can compete with china on price? >> no, i can't compete on price but i can compete on quality on service. i can get my customers what they
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need the same week. sometimes the same day we can ship. >> reporter: and helford's secret weapon using only homegrown american wood. it's durable, cheaper, and has a unique sound. so no other wood would sound like this? >> no. >> reporter: so when reports of lead paint in chinese toys nearly flat line some companies -- >> i wouldn't know where to buy lead to put into my paint. when that happened they looked to american manufacturers for the assurance that the product was a good quality product. >> reporter: today, business is booming. channel craft hopes to quadruple the number of toys it makes. a lifeline for charleroi. and for families like kristin france. >> i have four children that i don't want to have to move away. and with things like this, it's possible. >> reporter: filling the emptiness of an old steel town by filling toy boxes around the world. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, charleroi, pennsylvania. >> cute kid. coming up next, charlie
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sheen's latest court battle and why he's not winning. >> not winning anymore. also the contestant booted off the "dancing with the stars" stage. stay tuned "the skinny" is coming up. over 1000 babies are born every day with hiv. and half will die before their second birthday. but the plain truth is this can all be prevented. we can reach the goal of no child born with hiv 2015. go to one dot org. togegether we castop the spread of hiv from mother to child.d. we're not asking for your money.. we're asking for your voice. go to doe dot org and join us today.
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♪ skinny welcome back, everybody. straight to "the skinny" and the "dancing with the stars" update. if you didn't see it last night, turn your tv off for a quick second. the spoiler alert here. petra nemcova. is the one, she got the boot last height. i think the third or fourth one to get booted off of the show. >> she was good. >> she was really good. people seemed to like her. she said a life-changing journey. not just for me but so many people got inspired because of "dancing with the stars," so she took it well and said the show forced you to look at challenges straight in the face an overcome them. she said she was grateful for the whole experience. i didn't know this she actually survived the 2004 tsunami in thailand. that tsunami killed her fiance. more "dancing with the stars" with the news. remember pia.
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remember the controversial one that got booted from -- or her departure from "american idol" was controversial. she actually will be reperforming on the show according to tmz next week. and mark bales. >> a hottie. >> and the rumor is didn't bother to break up with her boyfriend a few years before she ballas. it should be next week. >> you don't need to break up if it is mark. you just move right in. talked about this yesterday, spend a little bit of time on this because it is charlie sheen. we don't want to overwhelm everybody, but remember how they were going to court yesterday. he had to meet up with his ex, brooke mueller. the judge says, not winning. the twins are going to stay with their mother. so they're going to stay with brooke mueller. this is what sheen asked the judge for. he wanted custody of the twins and he also wanted to cut off all of mueller's child support which is currently $55,000 a month. >> whoa. >> how does he eat? >> but why does he want to cut off the mother of his kids. >> demi lovado. the big teen sensation for those
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of you who are fans. it's called "sonny with a chance." she's leaving the show to pursue her music career and of course she made news in the last couple of months because she was in a three-month facility for emotional issues. the show will continue she says though it's time for her rover, for her recovery to go on she needs to least show. she's out of there. but show will continue as the a sketch comedy series. good luck to demi. >> last but not least we have to show you the jelly bean. apparently it has the likeness of a kate middleton on it. >> really. >> a jelly bean that this woman found in a huge jar of jelly beans and she says this bean look like kate middleton. i've got to agree with her. >> you know what i see it and i usually don't see the whole jesus in the poppy field thing but i -- that i can see it a little bit and it looks like a banana/strawberry jelly. i can tell you every one of them. this is why i'm going on the 17-day diet. i can tell you flavor combows as well. like the apple jelly bean and a caramel one. >> and that was banana/strawberry up there. >> that looked like banana/strawberry.
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>> let's leave that beautiful image of kate middleton. >> i kind of look like her. >> how many days they wedding. >> a week from friday, don't miss it. >> oh yes. >> all right everyone we will take a quick break. we'll be right back. if your racing thoughts keep you awake... sleep is here, on the wings of lunesta. and if you wake up often in the middle of the night... rest is here, on the wings of lunesta. lunesta helps you fall asleep and stay asleep, so you can wake up feeling rested. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walkg, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you.
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some stories to watch today on abc news. a new corruption trial begins for former illinois governor blagojevich. last years jury was deadlocked but all of one charge. homeland security secretary janet napolitano announces a new system to tell americans about a new terror threat. it will replace the current color codes. and a stubborn wildfire in western texas is just 10% contained today. a huge jet is now dumping fire retardant on the flames. and finally this half hour, we consulted the oxford english dictionary for this one. mick job is defined as quote an unstimulated low-paying job with few prospects. >> sort of like burger flipping, that sort of thing but they're trying to change that. went on the offensive against
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that idea yesterday, as it sought to hire thousands of new workers. t.j. winnik is here in new york with more. good morning, t.j. >> good morning, rob and peggy. mcdonald's hopes that this job drive will change their image as an employer of last resort. >> reporter: call it mcjob of palooza. 50,000 new hires in one day, for the most recognizable name in fast food. >> it means food on a table and rent being paid. >> reporter: job seekers like james black in charlotte have been lining up across the country. >> when i heard there was a job fest i knew that i need a job badly. so i came right over, did everything that i was supposed to do. >> reporter: the hires are part of a positive trend. nationally the unemployment rate fell to 8.8% in march, a two-year low. still felicia mcfadden has been out of work nearly two years, she needs a job before her benefits dry out. >> i was just nervous that i lose a lot of things. the house and i don't want to lose none of the stuff that i own. >> reporter: many of those workers will be making around $8
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an hour. that's $16,000 a year for full-time workers above the poverty line for individuals, but below for a four-person household. >> i think the economics from a job at mcdonald's is people start -- just like any other company and they get the opportunities to grow. >> reporter: in fact, the president and 40% of the food chain senior management started by flipping burgers. according to mcdonald's, those 50,000 new full-time and part-time workers will pump more than a billion dollars into the economy. >> i don't know that a big public move like this actually forces other companies into a hiring position but it certainly would give them more confidence that the economy is turning around. >> reporter: 34 states reported a drop in the unemployment rate from february to march. rob and peggy. >> working at mcds is not a glamorous job but i like the idea. i like the idea that there is mobility. off. executives higher up started low just like us. >> i'll have fries with that. >> they have the best fries on the planet. >> a good egg mcmuffin. >> yes and the sausage mcbiscuit
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